THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
June 4, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Trinity Sunday

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
Matthew 28:19

What does God want you to do as a follower of Jesus? It’s actually remarkably simple: there’s only 3 things he has asked of us. The first is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The second is to love our neighbor as ourselves. The third is to go and make disciples.
“Go and make disciples”… often known as the Great Commission-These are the final words of Jesus to his disciples before he ascended to heaven. [There are] three quick points… that can help us understand our role before God in making disciples.
1. All authority is given to Jesus, not to us
This is a crucial point. In this passage, Jesus says, “I have been given all authority in heaven and earth”. Jesus has the authority – we don’t.
  • This is not our church – this is Jesus’ church.
  • This is not our mission – this is Jesus’ mission.
  • The work of the Kingdom is not ours – it belongs to Jesus.
  • And we are merely invited to participate in that as partners with God.
2. We are to make disciples, not converts
Only God converts people: he may use us in that process as we tell other people about his love. We can only play our part if we constantly and consistently choose the way of love, the way of encouragement, the way of positivity.
3. We are disciples ourselves, not dominators
As we seek to disciple other people, we do so from a position of weakness, not authority. We do so from humility and vulnerability, not strength. We are on this journey together – and we are all amateurs in God, stumbling forward two steps and then back one.

“Go and make disciples”-The Great Commission, not the Great Suggestion. This is our responsibility under God: to love him, to love others and to make disciples.
 
A TRINITY PRAYER
Love of Jesus Fill us.
Holy Spirit Guide us.
Will of the Father be done.
Calendar
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, June 4
2:00pm Lectionary Bible Studay- Zoom

TRINITY & RECOGNITION Sunday, June 7
8:00am* Holy Eucharist- YouTube
Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Celebrant @ CCI
10:00am Sunday School for All-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)

Tuesday, June 9
6:30pm Yoga Class- ZOOM

Thursday, June 11
2:00pm Lectionary Bible Study- ZOOM

Friday, June 12
8:30am Bible Study-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)
 
Sunday, June 14
8:00am* Holy Eucharist- YouTube
Rev. Laquintano, Celebrant @ SMC
10:00am Sunday School for All-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)

*After 8:00am, the YouTube service is available for "anytime" viewing.
Congratulations to Our Graduates!
Ally and Brett Northeimer from Owen J. Roberts High School

Megan Pettit from Conestoga High School
Her plans for next year are attending Susquehanna University and majoring in Early Childhood Education. She will miss watching the children grow and learn in the Sunday School and our St. Martin's family.

Josh Reilly from Radnor High School
He currently plans on attending Drexel University in the fall and has been accepted into the College of Computer Science and Informatics.

Bobby Wynn from Conestoga High School
He is headed to Lehigh University this fall, where he will be studying in the College of Business. He will especially miss the church breakfasts at St. Martin’s!

Micki Fahner from Columbia University with an Executive MBA

Wesley Parker from University of Cincinnati with a PhD in Geology. His postdoctoral research on climate change will be at McGill University in Montreal.

Tyler Soutendijk from Swarthmore College with dual majors in Philosophy and Economics

A BLESSING
As your classes and grading are now complete, may you strive toward excellence in all you do.
As the speeches conclude, may your voices rise up to pronounce justice and peace in the world.
As the fanfares cease, may you sing of joy, even in the dark and lonely places.
As the applause quiets, may you celebrate and lift up those around you.
As graduates now, may your achievements continue and positively impact our communities.
And may we all know of the overwhelming blessings of the One who created all things. Amen.
NEW! Bible Study
Following the Lectionary

Today's Bible Study (June 4) will be based on the lectionary for this upcoming Trinity Sunday. The Zoom sessions (details below) will start at 2:00 PM and last about 45 minutes. Immediately after the discussion this week we will discuss Bible study approaches and other ways we can grow adult formation in this digital age. All are invited to join both the Bible story discussion and the brainstorming for the future. We can test different days and times, so please contact Deb Parker to share your suggestions. You are also invited to pass this invitation on to anyone you know beyond our church reach who would like to reflect on scripture together.
Click here to Zoom in 2:00 PM
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Coffee Hour Corner
Socialize Virtually in The Cloak

Thank you to the participants in the Pentecost video for providing a fun and uplifting celebration for us. At a time when we truly need to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, you all were a breath of fresh air!
Another thank you goes out to our soloist, Erika Harrington, and pianist, Emily Watkins, for combining talents to present "Feel the Spirit Moving" . The song added great energy to Sunday's liturgy.
Please share your "coffee hour news" about your family, home, friends, neighborhood, etc. to Maggie O'Malley at admin@stmartinsradnor.org .
Gardening
Humble Harvest Food Bank Garden

Last year was the first year since 2013 that we didn't grow fresh produce for distribution to The Great Valley Food Cupboard. Unfortunately the garden beds need extensive repairs, but perhaps this is the year to get things going again. If you would like to help and be involved with repairing, planting, watering and harvesting, please contact Pam Faber.
Sunday School
Trinity Sunday and Beyond

Trinity Sunday is also Recognition Sunday this year. Zoom Sunday School begins at 10 AM and all are welcome to attend. Last week we celebrated the coming of the Spirit and children were invited to find ways to share their love with those we encounter...from family members to our delivery people, neighbors, and those who live further away. The Holy Spirit is at work in us and between us. Showing we each care for others is a way to invite God to be present in our lives. This week we will use images to show how the Trinity is one God - God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There will be a special prayer for all the children as we wrap up the regular Sunday School year, too.

On the following Sunday, June 14th, we will transition to our fun-filled Summer Sundays by meeting at the same time and using the same Zoom link. These will run from June 14th through the end of August. Summer Sundays are a relaxing way to enjoy each other's company and to connect to the wider, beautiful world whenever possible. Our theme this year is Bridge Building.We will discover all kinds of ways to build bridges both physically and metaphorically between ourselves, each other, and God. If you would like to join us, please email Ms. Deb Parker for the Zoom link.
Episcopal Church News
A Message from Our Presiding Bishop

"Opening and changing hearts does not happen overnight. The Christian race is not a sprint; it is a marathon. Our prayers and our work for justice, healing and truth-telling must be unceasing. Let us recommit ourselves to following in the footsteps of Jesus, the way that leads to healing, justice and love." Read more...
COVID-19 Outreach
Food Relief Mission - Thank you!

With tears in her eyes, a resident at Highland Homes gratefully accepted the eleven (11) food bags which we provided and said "This is so huge. You are always there for us no matter what." Thank you to the parishioners who donated wonderfully full grocery bags and again provided support to our neighbors. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Summer Sundays
Bridge Building for ALL

In the past St. Martin's had Vacation Bible School every Sunday over the Summer. This was a time to appreciate the outdoors, explore God's gifts in new ways, and enjoy each other's company. This summer we will switch to our Summer Sundays on June 14 (the week after Recognition Sunday) but continue to use ZOOM to continue to stay connected with each other for the rest of June, July, and August.

More information will be sent out in the coming weeks, but per the Bishop's instructions the summer programs will all be virtual to protect our families through the early phases of using our church buildings. This means you can ZOOM in for Summer Sundays from homes, other places you may go, or at summer cabins. Social distancing is a challenge for children therefore we are being extra careful. The Holy Spirit will really be with us as we use ZOOM to explore ways to build bridges between each other and God.
COVID-19
The New Norm

From social distancing, sanitizing, hand-washing, and staying-at-home, new "norms" are in full effect. Here is a St. Martin's summary:

Helping Others-
  • Making masks: to sew, purchase materials, or financially support this effort, please contact Janice Martin (of CCI) at jm@janicemartin.net or 610-645-4540.

Weekly Giving-
  • Mail: 400 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087
  • Online: Donate button on St. Martin's Home page
  • Drop-off: during office hours

Office Hours:
  • Mondays and Fridays: 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 9am-12:30pm

Sundays' Activities:
  • Sunday School via Zoom: 10am (email Deb for details)
  • Worship Service via YouTube

Weekday Activities:
  • Yoga via Zoom: 6:30pm Tuesdays
  • Midweek Prayer Service via Zoom: 12pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
  • Lectionary Bible Study: 2:00pm 6/4-Zoom
  • Bible Study via Zoom: 8:30am Fridays (email Deb for details)
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20